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by BenW
November 17th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12115
Views: 581275

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 x 2011 Perrier Jouet Belle Époque
1 x 2006 Penfolds RWT (MAGNUM)

Pre-holiday season, internet auction bottom feeding
by BenW
October 31st, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cellar thinning, bit of everything: Aussie Shiraz, BDX, Cali Cabs, DP, JJ Prum, Aubert, Port, Bourbon...
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Cellar thinning, bit of everything: Aussie Shiraz, BDX, Cali Cabs, DP, JJ Prum, Aubert, Port, Bourbon...

Truly mixed collection below. Mostly thinning bottles that I have in multiples and looking to clear some space in the cellar as fall shipping season begins. Prefer local buyers and arrange hand off (DC/Baltimore) and also have trips to Philly and NYC coming up shortly. If shipping, it's at buyer's r...
by BenW
October 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20651

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Oh and I have 27k points which I assume gives me close to zero chance of winning.
by BenW
October 27th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20651

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Sure, stores should reward their biggest customers, but a lottery ticket isn’t much of a reward. And I was only a big customer because it gave me access to Pappy/BTAC. So they lose me as a customer and the people who get the Pappy (that wouldn’t have otherwise), are they going to spend more at TW be...
by BenW
October 17th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12115
Views: 581275

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A mag of 2012 Quilceda Creek Cab Sav... I didn’t even really want it but clicked the first bid at auction because it seemed cheap and no one else came to play. Oh well.
by BenW
October 11th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 300
Views: 14915

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Ok, I am guessing $50 a bottle - just a guess. How many think over, how many under? (just for fun) I guess it really depends on which bottle. Also as mentioned above Joel made it seem like the bottles were saved from being thrown away so I'm going to say $20 a bottle If it’s $20 I’ll be backing up ...
by BenW
October 10th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 300
Views: 14915

Re: Ravenswood library offer

List is out: Ravenswood 1994 Icon Ravenswood 1991 Pickberry Vineyard Ravenswood 1994 Pickberry Vineyard Ravenswood 1995 Rancho Salina Vineyard Ravenswood 1996 Sonoma County Cabernet Franc Ravenswood 1988 Gregory Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Ravenswood 1991 Gregory Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Ravenswo...
by BenW
October 5th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12115
Views: 581275

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Good week:
- A magnum of 2018 Smith Haut Lafitte to keep a vertical going
- Some 2017 William & Mary cab (including a magnum)
- a mixed case of Bonny Doon wines including several mags
- some 2017 Jules Metras Bijou mags
- some 2006 Dom P

I’m gonna need some more large format racks.
by BenW
October 3rd, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 517
Views: 28038

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Going to be some complicated situations with the likes of Envoyer. They have multiple shipments of some champagnes and provisionally allocate them. Difficult conversation to say “well you had your wine but you didn’t pick it up, so we gave it to someone else and now you need to pay 25% more when the...
by BenW
October 1st, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 48
Views: 3774

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

Picked up a Cab mag but missed the prop red mag.

Still deciding how many 750s to get...
by BenW
September 30th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 121
Views: 5102

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Oops, crossed 100 pending last week. Might be time to clear some out via Commerce Corner to make room
by BenW
September 16th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20651

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Anyone have any new news on how Pappy will be allocated this year? I'm about $400 in spending short of Grand Reserve.... worth it or let it lapse?
by BenW
August 23rd, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Eric White wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 4:22 pm
joeduncan wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 2:58 pm
z_hart wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 1:34 pm


I hope you enjoy my bottle! j/k. As soon as it popped up I added to cart and went to checkout, but it was already gone.
2009 mag up for you now, I'll leave this one for you :)
I grabbed one :)
Ok, I bit on a V Madrone mag too
by BenW
August 23rd, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Preparing early for the holidays for me:
2003 Taylor Vintage Port
2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
2016 L'Abbe Dine Cotes du Rhone (1.5L) (to feed the masses)
by BenW
August 23rd, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Right now they are cycling through some bargains really fast... I missed on a couple of CdP that looked very cheap
by BenW
August 22nd, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Uppercut IPA was a strange one to see pop up
by BenW
August 15th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle 2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1153

Re: La Pelle 2017

I'm exactly the same.... too much good wine out there to take a six bottle risk on an unknown (to me). Maybe someone should direct them to this conversation a dozen potential buyer opting out.
by BenW
July 29th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 121
Views: 5102

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

65 for me.... some of those have been pending with Envoyer for over a year though
by BenW
July 25th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1643
Views: 93895

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Thoughts on the Dumenil 2006 Millesime?
by BenW
July 12th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Baltimore Wine Retail
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Baltimore Wine Retail

Late to the party but definitely The Wine Source
by BenW
July 11th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2337

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

1983 d'Yquem
2001 Jim Barry Armagh
Assortment of Port 375s: '77 Dow, '83 Dow, '85 Graham, '94 Warre
by BenW
June 28th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2354

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

I am (only mildly) surprised by the strong negative reaction to this idea. To take a current example, what if Rhys offered their new sparkling with an IPO instead of the unallocated, bottle limited version they are going with. My (uninformed) opinion is that this will sell out relatively quickly whi...
by BenW
June 7th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Received a notification that my bottles from the last marathon were delivered... and signed for... which is interesting because I'm home and don't have my bottles. I know this is on FedEx and not LastBottle but I so wish retailers would give you a choice about delivery company! Now to find where the...
by BenW
June 4th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

Mattstolz wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 3:53 pm
got the email and by time I had sat down at my computer and clicked the link the Ch Canon was already sold out. Literally 2 minutes.
Am I misunderstanding this because I still see Canon available?
by BenW
June 3rd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16580

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Adam Levyn wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 2:25 pm
Does anyone know how many 375s one needs to order from Total Wine to get the wine in a OWC?
Pretty sure it's just double the 750 number but maybe someone else has a different experience?
by BenW
May 26th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16580

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

If you are purchasing equivalent of a case of wine, 12 full bottles, you’re buying 9 liters. You should be able order your wine in 375, of any format should you wish. I’m sure this is true... the problem is there is a lot of wines where I want 2-3 375s but not 24. Total Wine has been the place to d...
by BenW
May 25th, 2019, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16580

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Does anyone else buy from Total Wine? Seems like they’ve decided to not offer 375s on the last few offers (I got Calon Segur and Pavie Macquin but since then I’ve only seen larger formats).

IIRC they had basically everything in 375 in ‘16 and nothing but the sweets in 375 in ‘17.
by BenW
May 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14167

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I was also told that the Estate wines are a required part of the Collector membership though I do agree that I wish they would at least allow us to opt out of that if we were not allocated any Monte Bello as it seems I can get those wines at a lower price in retail and save on shipping cost (though...
by BenW
May 15th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 64
Views: 5391

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

I’m in as well. Just wondering what price points are going to represent to you all:
(A) good value?
(B) too expensive?
by BenW
January 30th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20651

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Hi All, I just called Total Wine and look like for this years Pappy Offer, they are reconsidering to have a raffle for it:(( Not good news. They have not made up their minds yet as last year they had a lot of mix ups with the timing, etc, it pissed off a lot of folks, so they are looking at a more ...
by BenW
January 29th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 20651

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Also, TW needs a higher tier than Grand Reserve. The program has been too devalued with the ability to earn points so easily with 2-5x on some purchases. Just too many GR members at this point. There's a point multiplier??? At certain times and/or for certain products. At one time I think you could...
by BenW
January 25th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61500

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

YLee wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I got confirmation for Chevalier 04 & 06.
Looking to do a vertical.
I took an '04, '06 and '07 of Chevalier for the same reason
by BenW
January 18th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 249
Views: 22456

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database"

Please add me to the Baltimore and DC lists. Thanks!
by BenW
January 17th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6440

Re: Aubert Spring Release

For those recently given an allocation how long of a wait did you have? I signed up in late 2017. Last year in March I got a call from Philip Gift and an offer to buy 3 bottles of 2015 Larry Hyde & Sons. I took them up on that offer. Had a pretty generous offer of at least 3 bottles of everything (...
by BenW
January 16th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne mags / large formats
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: Champagne mags / large formats

Short answer is because people will pay it.

But if you look around you can find deals much lower. Envoyer regularly has them for both grower and big houses at the (what I consider) usual markup just above 2x750.
by BenW
January 16th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7205
Views: 441820

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

No one here in my office (we had 6 people buying) have had their bottles shipped.
by BenW
January 16th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6440

Re: Aubert Spring Release

So this was my first time on the list and I was given a wide choice of options (everything but the Sugar Shack) not the pre-set 6-pack. I wonder if this is because last year I took them up on the 3-pack of Larry Hyde & Sons? Did anyone else who was on the waiting list buy that last year?
by BenW
January 15th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6440

Re: Aubert Spring Release

I ordered a mixed six (2x UV-SL, 2x Powder House, 1x Lauren, 1x CIX) but left the others on the table (no offer for Sugar Shack)... it pained me not to take more but I'm spread too thin.
by BenW
January 14th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 80
Views: 6440

Re: Aubert Spring Release

I just got off the waitlist but if it's a 12 bottle minimum I'm not going to participate.
by BenW
January 11th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!
Replies: 110
Views: 6297

Re: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!

So I filed a claim with FedEx and they've finally resolved it by agreeing to do... nothing. Apparently Rivers-Marie don't have an official packaging agreement to ship wines with FedEx (despite the fact that clearly ship a lot of packages all labeled as wine). This was explained to me as being a prot...
by BenW
January 7th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 186
Views: 8836

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

Not a particularly low score but my lowest is 2012 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill (CT 87 points)

I loved this at the winery and we ended up having it at our wedding. We have a stash for anniversaries [cheers.gif]
by BenW
January 3rd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7835

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

While not necessarily the "best", the most enjoyable wine I had was the 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge. Surprising and surprisingly good, evolving in the glass, complex, different. Just a wonderful experience and I was all alone with it, without distractions or anyone else's opinions to influence me.
by BenW
December 31st, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 30
Views: 1333

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

Also have one of these chilling amongst others for NYE... sounds like it's fortunate that it probably won't spend a lot of time getting air before it's gone
by BenW
December 23rd, 2018, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge

Gerhard P. wrote:
December 23rd, 2018, 1:35 am
I´d try to open one 3-4 h in advance before decanting ... I´d guess it would perform better still ...
Everything points to this being right... I was impatient.
by BenW
December 22nd, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge

Yeah it worked out but I had that horrible moment when I realized I had the only bid with all these thoughts running through my head: “Did I read the description wrong? What does everyone else know that I don’t?”
by BenW
December 22nd, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge

Ok so I couldn’t wait. I cracked one open tonight. TN below: Great fill level, cork a little crumbly but in good shape. Decanted for 30 mins before drinking. Drank over 3 hours. Ruby red in the centre to browning rim. Nose is of saddle leather and black pepper. Wood smoke that gained with time in th...
by BenW
December 21st, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge
Replies: 9
Views: 417

1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge

Ok so I may have thrown some money away but this seemed like a ridiculous deal: 8 x 1980 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge for $120 at auction. After commission and delivery it was just over $20 a bottle. What should I expect? The bottles arrived and look like they are in pristine condition. I’m thinking o...

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